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Forbes is reporting that the Seattle Mariners home stadium which has been known as Safeco Field since 1999, will be renamed via a new naming rights deal with T-Mobile beginning with the 2019 MLB season. The naming rights deal with Safeco Insurance — 20 years for $40 million — expired this past season and Safeco decided not to renew. The T-Mobile deal could be for upward of $6 million per year.

• Eire Born Spirits said that "demand for Proper No. Twelve Irish Whiskey rapidly outpaced supply, resulting in an out-of-stock situation in its original release markets of Ireland and the U.S." Looking forward to being back in stock in the next few weeks."

• Tennis Channel will provide exclusive, live coverage of the 2018 Davis Cup championship between France and Croatia in Lille, France, beginning Friday, Nov. 23, (8 AM ET). This will be the final entry for a Davis Cup format that has seen the tournament played during multiple weekends throughout the year. Starting in 2019, the Davis Cup will be contested in a season-ending, 18-nation event from Nov. 18-24. 

• Calgary has decided not to pursue a strategy to host the 2026 Winter Olympics following a vote on Tuesday, in which citizens were asked in a non-binding plebiscite if they wanted to host the Winter Games, with 56% voting No. Sweden capital Stockholm and a joint bid between Italy’s Milan and Cortina D'Ampezzo remain as IOC candidates.

• Between now and Nov. 19, every use of #SaluteToService on Twitter will generate a $5 donation, up to $5 million, to the NFL’s military non-profit partners – including the Pat Tillman Foundation, TAPS, USO, Wounded Warrior Project and the Bob Woodruff Foundation.

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MLB FINALISTS MOY, MVP, CY Young, ROY

AL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
• Shohei Ohtani, RHP/DH Los Angeles Angels

NL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
• Ronald Acuna Jr., OF Atlanta Braves

AL MANAGER OF THE YEAR
• Bob Melvin Oakland A's

NL MANAGER OF THE YEAR
• Brian Snitker Atlanta Braves

AL MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
• Mookie Betts, OF Boston Red Sox
• Jose Ramirez, 3B Cleveland Indians
• Mike Trout, OF Los Angeles Angels

NL MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
• Nolan Arenado, 3B Colorado Rockies
• Javier Baez, 2B/SS Chicago Cubs
• Christian Yelich, OF Milwaukee Brewers

AL CY YOUNG
• Blake Snell Tampa Bay Rays

NL CY YOUNG
• Jacob deGrom New York Mets

KEEPING SCORE

NBA Teams With Jersey-Logo Deals (to date):

• Atlanta Hawks (Shareware)
• Boston Celtics (GE)
• Brooklyn Nets (Infor)
• Charlotte Hornets (LendingTree)
• Chicago Bulls (Jenni Optical)
• Cleveland Cavaliers (Goodyear)
• Dallas Mavericks (5miles)
• Denver Nuggets (Western Union)
• Detroit Pistons (Flagstaff Bank)
• Golden State Warriors (Rakuten)
• Houston Rockets (Rokit)
• Los Angeles Clippers (Bumble)
• Los Angeles Lakers (Wish)
• Memphis Grizzlies (FedEx)
• Miami Heat (Ultimate Software)
• Milwaukee Bucks (Harley Davidson)
• Minnesota Timberwolves (Fitbit)
• New Orleans Pelicans (Zatarain’s)
• New York Knicks (Squarespace)
• Orlando Magic (Disney World)
• Philadelphia 76ers (StubHub)
• Phoenix Suns (PayPal)
• Portland Trail Blazers (Biofreeze)
• Sacramento Kings (Blue Diamond)
• San Antonio Spurs (Frost Bank)
• Toronto Raptors (Sun Life)
• Utah Jazz (Qualtrics)
• Washington Wizards (Geico)

BUY SELL

Weekend Box Office Nov. 2-4
1. Bohemian Rhapsody - 20th Century Fox - $50M
2. The Nutcracker And The Four Realms - Disney - $20M
3. Nobody's Fool - Paramount - $14M
4. A Star Is Born, - Warner Bros. - $11.1M
5. Halloween - Universal - $11M
6. Venom - Sony - $7.8M
7. Smallfoot - Warner Bros. - $3.8M
8. Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween - Sony - $3.7M
9. Hunter Killer - Lionsgate - $3.5M
10. The Hate U Give - 20th Century Fox - $3.4M
11. First Man - Universal - $2.3M
12. Night School - Universal - $2M

SOURCE: COMSCORE.com

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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Apr112017

Led By Yankees, Dodgers, Red Sox, Cubs, MLB Teams Average Record $1.5B In Value

By Barry Janoff

April 11, 2017: Stating that "long gone are the days when MLB was replete with teams bleeding cash," a new report reveals that the average value of MLB’s 30 teams has topped a record $1.53 billion, driven by "new local television deals that are increasing at roughly a two-fold rate, as well as surge in profitability."

MLB was led by the New York Yankees, valued at $3.7 billion (up 9% versus 2016), a spot the franchise has now had for 20 consecutive seasons, according to the 20th annual Baseball Team Values from Forbes.

The Top Five also includes the Los Angeles Dodgers ($2.75 billion, up 10%), Boston Red Sox ($2.7 billion, up 17%), World Series champion Chicago Cubs ($2.67 billion, up 22%) and the San Francisco Giants ($2.65 billion, up 18%).

The Top Ten also includes the New York Mets ($2 billion, up 21%), St. Louis Cardinals ($1.8 billion) up 12%), Los Angeles Angels ($1.75 billion, up 31%), Philadelphia Phillies ($1.65 billion, up 34%) and the Washington Nationals ($1.6 billion, up 23%).

The Toronto Blue Jays (No. 16) moved up six spots from last year, with a valuation of $1.3 billion, a 44% increase from 2016.

At the low end were seven franchises Forbes valued below $1 billion, including the AL champion Cleveland Indians ($920 million), Cincinnati Reds ($915 million), Oakland A's ($880 million) and the Tampa Bay Rays ($825 million).

It certainly pays to have Theo Epstein as a GM/president — the Red Sox (2002-2011) and Cubs (2012-present) are both among the Top 4 MLB teams in value. Just as it pays to win the World Series, with only the Kansas City Royals not among the Top 10 highest valued teams to have won a championship since 2006.

The MLB average value of teams was second behind the NFL ($2.39 billion) but ahead of the top 20 teams worldwide in soccer ($1.49 billion), the NBA ($1.36 billion) and the NHL ($517 million).

MLB’s rise in value was also reflected in the 2017 Fan Loyalty Index from Brand Keys, NY, which showed that MLB for the first time in a decade passed the NFL as No. 1 among fans

According to Forbes, "Values were driven higher by new local television deals that are increasing at roughly a two-fold rate, as well as surge in profitability."
 
"During the past (few) years, the average MLB team has increased in value at an 11.5% rate unlike, say, 15 years ago when as many as a third of the teams were losing money on an operating basis," Mike Ozanian, assistant managing editor for Forbes, said in a statement. "There are a few teams losing money today, which is a big reason why values have increased."

In 2016, MLB’s 30 teams posted a record average operating income of $34 million, 52% more than the 2015 season, which was the previous record.

The Dodgers had the highest Opening Day payroll this season at $225.6 million, according to Forbes.

They were followed by the Detroit Tigers ($199.98 million), the Yankees ($195.3 million), Giants ($181.5 million), Red Sox ($178.8 million) and the Cubs ($176.8 million).

At the other end of the roster, the five teams with the lowest Opening Day payrolls were the Pittsburgh Pirates ($91.5 million), Oakland A’s ($81.7 million), Tampa Bay Rays ($71.4 million), San Diego Padres ($61.4 million) and the Milwaukee Brewers ($60.8 million).

The average MLB Opening Day payroll was $135.5 million, according to Forbes.

Adding to MLB’s profit status, Major League Baseball Advanced Media, equally owned by each of MLB’s 30 teams, is worth approximately $15.5 billion, which includes its BAMTech division, valued at some $3.5 billion.

Baseball’s stakes in BAMTech and MLBAM could contribute between $400 million-$500 million in value to each of baseball’s 30 teams, per Forbes.

MLB Team Values
1.  New York Yankees $3.7B
2.  Los Angeles Dodgers $2.75B
3.  Boston Red Sox $2.7B
4.  Chicago Cubs $2.68B
5. San Francisco Giants $2.65B
6.  New York Mets $2B
7.  St. Louis Cardinals $1.8B
8. Los Angeles Angels $1.75B
9. Philadelphia Phillies $1.65B
10. Washington Nationals  $1.6B
11. Texas Rangers $1.55B
12. Atlanta Braves $1.5B
13. Houston Astros $1.45B
14. Seattle Mariners $1.4B
15. Chicago White Sox $1.35B
16. Toronto Blue Jays $1.3B
17. Pittsburgh Pirates $1.25B
18. Detroit Tigers $1.2B
19. Baltimore Orioles $1.18B
20. Arizona Diamondbacks $1.15B
21. San Diego Padres $1.13B
22. Minnesota Twins $1.03B
23. Colorado Rockies $1B
24. Kansas City Royals $950M
25. Miami Marlins $940M
26. Milwaukee Brewers $925M
27. Cleveland Indians $920M
28. Cincinnati Reds $915M
29. Oakland A’s $880M
30. Tampa Bay Rays $825M
SOURCE: FORBES

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